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Blueberry Banana Bread is an easy banana bread recipe full of fresh blueberries and topped with a crunch cinnamon sugar topping. Cinnamon sugar is always a good thing, don’t you think? It’s one of the best blueberry breads EVER!

sliced banana bread with blueberries baked in on a cutting board.

Banana Blueberry Bread Recipe

This Blueberry Banana Bread recipe is the softest and moistest bread and is also incredibly easy to make! It’s full of fresh berries (or frozen) and tons of banana flavor. I created this from my favorite banana bread recipe – my moms – and it’s EPIC.

I also put cinnamon sugar on the crust of this recipe, which is the best topping for any bread recipe. The blueberry and cinnamon sugar will always be a favorite pairing of mine that you need to try! If you have any overripe ugly brown bananas that need to be used…this is your recipe!

ingredients in blueberry banana bread laid out on a marble counter.

Ingredients Needed

  • Bananas: Be sure to use ripe bananas – the more spotted the better! Bananas get sweeter as they get spotted and brown – so they’re perfect for baking.
  • Blueberries: I prefer fresh berries in this recipe, but you can also use thawed frozen blueberries.
  • Vinegar: Mixes with the milk to create sour milk, which helps the bread rise – the acid activates the baking soda.
  • Milk: You can use any kind of milk or nondairy milk.

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How to make The Best Banana Bread

  • Preheat oven to 375°F and prepare your pan.
  • Whisk together the all purpose flour with salt and baking soda in a large bowl. Set aside flour mixture. Mix milk and vinegar; set aside.
  • Cream butter and sugar until fluffy, then mix in mashed bananas, eggs, and vanilla, then add in dry ingredients and milk mixture.
  • Fold in 2 cups blueberries. Pour into pans, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, and bake until a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean – the loaf will be golden brown.

Expert Tips

  • Be sure to read the FULL recipe and tips before starting!
  • If you are using frozen blueberries, be sure to thaw them first and drain them well.
  • I like to sugar my pan – this is like greasing and flouring (where you add 1-2 tablespoons of flour to a crisco or butter greased pan) but instead of flour you use granulated sugar. This is optional but adds amazing flavor.
  • You can use a stand mixer or hand mixer to make this recipe.
  • This will also make 3 mini loaves – you can use 3 mini loaf pans in place of one large pan.
  • Store banana bread wrapped in plastic wrap on the counter for up to 3 days or freeze it for up to 3 months.


Can you freeze this bread?

Yes! You can freeze this bread recipe in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Why is my banana bread not done in the middle?

Quick breads take a long time to bake, and that center crack in the middle is the last to finish. If your bread isn’t done all the way, the center might stay gooey, or the bread will fall as it’s cooling. If you notice the bread getting too brown, tent it with foil or reduce the oven temperature to 350°F. Bread is done when a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the crack/very center of the bread.

sliced banana bread with blueberries baked in on a cutting board.

Blueberry Banana Bread Recipe with Cinnamon Sugar Topping

4.25 from 95 votes
A twist on my Mom’s Banana Bread this quick bread is easy and full of blueberries then topped with a cinnamon sugar topping!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Yield 10 servings
Serving Size 1 slice




  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 7 tablespoons (105ml) milk (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup (150g)granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter , softened
  • 2 medium bananas (brown spotted, overripe)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (be sure to thaw and drain frozen berries)


  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
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  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 9x5x3” loaf pan with butter and coat it with sugar. (You do this like you would grease and flour a pan. Grease it first, then add about 2 tablespoons sugar to the pan and move the pan side to side until the bottom and sides are coated with sugar. Do NOT substitute cooking spray for the butter. You can skip the sugaring and just use cooking spray, if you wish.)
  • Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium or large bowl. Set aside.
  • Place milk, vinegar, and vanilla extract in a measuring cup and set aside.
  • Cream butter and ¾ cup sugar with a hand mixer or stand mixer. Mash bananas with a fork and add to the butter mixture along with the eggs. Mix until chunky.
  • Add the dry ingredients into the banana mixture along with the milk mixture. Mix until just combined (batter will be slightly lumpy). Fold in blueberries.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Combine 1/4 cup sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over the top of the batter.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the bread. The edges will be a dark brown and there will be a nice crack down the center.
  • Cool completely before removing loaf from pan, but you can cut slices from the pan after it’s cooled for about 15-20 minutes.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • My original recipe (and the video) shows blending the bananas, eggs, baking soda, milk, and vinegar using a blender. You can definitely do this, but I’ve started making my banana breads by just mashing the banana by hand and mixing everything in because it means less dishes. 
  • The top of the bread will get deep golden, but if you notice the bread browning too fast, you can tent the pan with foil or reduce oven temperature to 350°F. This happens in various ovens, depending on how the oven cooks.
  • You can use fresh or frozen berries, but make sure frozen berries are thawed and drained.
  • Basically this recipe calls for “sour milk” which I’ve separated as vinegar and milk. It’s essentially buttermilk – the acid in the vinegar activates the baking soda for a moist bread. You can use 7 tablespoons of buttermilk if you have it and omit the milk and vinegar. Don’t have vinegar? Use lemon juice instead. You can also use ANY kind of milk – dairy or nondairy)
  • Pan sizes: a 9×5 pan is the best to use, although an 8×4 will work, but you’ll want to watch it to make sure it doesn’t get too brown on top before it’s done in the middle. You can also make this in 3 mini loaf pans or as 12 muffins.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 1144mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 29g
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American

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  1. Followed the recipe to a tee and not sure where I went wrong — the bread never baked all the way through. I even sliced it open and it still wouldn’t bake completely. Had to give up because the outside was beginning to burn. I’m not a newbie to baking so needless to say I am quite frustrated. What did bake is fantastic. Maybe I’ll try it as muffins next time.

    1. Have you checked your oven temperature? That could be the culprit. I’ve made versions of this bread several times and the one thing I do know is that the outside gets very dark brown once it’s baked through. Chances are your oven temperature (or the way it bakes) is hotter. Try lowering the temp by 25° next time. You can also bake in two smaller pans (8×4) instead of one big one and it’ll cook faster. But definitely try a lower temp!

  2. If it’s wrong to be making this at 12:30am, I don’t wanna be right! I just found your recipe and decided it couldn’t wait until morning. My house smells like heaven…baking, vanilla-y, cakey, banana-y heaven!

  3. Fell for this recipe right off the go. My muffins are 1minute away from coming out of the oven. The rise looked a little low so I combed the recipe for what I may have skipped, sure enough, the salt!  It is not mentioned in the instructions when to add the salt.  I could kick myself for not double checking the list of ingredients but hoping  this won’t effect the outcome too much. Your photo makes this recipe look so satisfying.

    1. Thank you for letting me know! I’m going to change it now but it won’t affect the outcome at all, most of the time I never add any salt to baking per my family preference. They should still taste okay!

  4. I made this a few weeks ago for my dad on Father’s Day and he has already asked for it TWO more times!! We tried it with black raspberries from his garden and it was just as delicious as it was with the blueberries. The cinnamon sugar is what really takes it over the top. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!!

  5. It wouldn’t let me reply to your message. Ive used the same pan for years and never once thought to actually read the measurement. (I know, silly right?) Well I just looked and its in cm 22X11x6. So my pan size comes out to almost 9 inches x 4 1/2 inches x 2 1/2 inches. I also only filled the pan 3/4 of the way and still overflowed by over an inch! I feel so SILLY! But apparently it still came out good because I made this last night an woke up to only 1/4 of the loaf left!

    1. It’s so strange that it overflowed! I’ve made this recipe so many times and it always grows up and peaks over the top of the pan, but not over it. So strange. Maybe that 1/2″ really makes a difference! Glad it tasted good thought! 🙂